NMR at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology


An international conference on ”Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology” was organized at IISER Mohali during November 29-30 2010 to mark the launch of NMR research activity at IISER Mohali. The NMR Research Facility at IISER Mohali was inaugurated in March 2010 and currently houses two NMR spectrometers (400 MHz and 600 MHz). The conference had a number of invited talks by speakers from India and abroad and was well-attended with 150 student partici- pants (both undergraduate and postgraduate) from IISER Mohali and neighboring institutes such as Panjab university Chandigarh, CSIR Palampur, IMTECH Chandigarh, GNDU Amritsar and Central University Bhatinda. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor Anil Kumar (IISc Bangalore) on ”Quantum Information Processing by NMR:Status and Challenges”. The list of other invited speakers included:

• Prof. Anil Kumar (IISc Bangalore)
• Prof. C. L. Khetrapal (CBMR Lucknow)
• Prof. R. V. Hosur (TIFR Mumbai)
• Prof. N. Chandrakumar (IITM Chennai)
• Prof. N. R. Jagannathan (AIIMS New Delhi)
• Prof. A. S. Brar (GNDU Amritsar)
• Prof. A. C. Kunwar (IICT Hyderabad)
• Prof. K. V. Ramanathan (IISc Bangalore)
• Prof. N. Suryaprakash (IISc Bangalore)
• Prof. Walter Chazin (Vanderbilt University USA)
• Prof. Daniel Canet (Nancy University France)
• Prof. Steffen Glaser (TU Munich Germany)
• Prof. Janez Plavec (Ljubljana University Slovenia)
• Prof. Paul Gooley (Melbourne University Australia)
• Prof. Martin Stone (Monash University Australia)
• Prof. Shantanu Sinha (University California San Diego USA)

The conference introduced the students at IISER Mohali to the exciting world of NMR research, encompassing all applications from Biological NMR to Quantum Computing, Medical Diagnostics MRI, fMRI and Environmental Science.